Benson tackles traffic problem

Updated May 11, 2013

The Benson Town Board has made several corrections to the minutes of its April 10, 2013 meeting as follows:

-- Bids will be solicited for Town Barn fuel for next winter.

-- Frank Fernandez was appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Assessment Review, not one year.

Also, Town Clerk Jeanne Cox would like readers to know the public is always welcome to view the cemetery maps at her office.



BENSON - The Benson Town Board will attempt to solve the Woods Lake Road traffic problem with a "No Parking Or Standing" sign.

It is believed traffic interfering with snow and ice removal this past winter at the intersection of Storer and Washburn roads and on Woods Lake Road was awaiting tickets for admittance to Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center.

Superintendent of Highways Cecil Blowers will be asked to get measurements on Woods Lake Road and investigate the cost of a sign.

Bids will be solicited for Town Barn fuel for next winter in an effort to reduce heating costs, rather than soliciting quotes as in the past. Councilman John Shepard III thinks that since the town has a fair estimate of annual usage it may be able to get a better price by advertising for bids.

Also, Blowers was asked to solicit cost-saving suggestions from personnel, etc. and to see if less expensive gasoline can be found.


Shepard reiterated his desire for full-size copies of both cemetery maps. Deputy Supervisor David Pincombe noted that historic cemetery documented maps may not be suitable for copying and was concerned that some information on them should not be made public.

It was Shepard's contention that copies should be available to the public upon request.

Those who purchase plots receive an 8.5- by 11-inch copy of the pertinent cemetery map, along with a copy of current cemetery policy.

Shepard believes each councilman should have copies of the maps, so they are available when someone asks about a relative's plot, and said he would submit a Freedom Of Information Act letter asking for a full-size map of both cemeteries.

He said Monday he now has full-size copies of the maps.


-- The board has received a letter of intent from Tax Collector Gerard Killoran saying he will resign his position at the end of the year. The board voted 3-0 to combine the tax collector and town clerk positions. Councilman Robert Cox abstained from voting, as his wife is currently town clerk.

-- Frank Fernandez was appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Assessment Review.

-- Town Clerk Jeanne Cox appointed Nancy Stortecky as her deputy town clerk for the remainder of 2013.

-- Jeanne Cox was appointed registrar of vital statistics for the remainder of 2013.

-- Councilman John Shepard III was appointed cemeteries sexton for the remainder of 2013.

The Benson Town Board will next meet Wednesday, May 8, starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

Editor's Note: This article is primarily based on draft minutes of the April 10, 2013 Benson Town Board meeting as provided by Town Clerk Jeanne Cox.